Proteomic changes associated with inactivation of the Candida glabrata ACE2 virulence-moderating gene

David Andrew Stead, H. Findon, Zhikang Yin, Janet Walker, Laura Selway, Phillip Cash, B. Dujon, C. Hennequin, Alistair James Petersen Brown, K. Haynes

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Abstract

Inactivation of the gene encoding the transcriptional activator Ace2 in the fungal pathogen Candida glabrata results in an almost 200-fold increase in virulence characterised by acute mortality and a massive over-stimulation of the pro-inflammatory arm of the innate immune system. In this study we have adopted a proteomics approach to identify cellular functions regulated by C. glabrata Ace2 that might contribute to this increase in virulence. A two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis map of the C. glabrata proteome was constructed. We identified a total of 123 proteins, 61 of which displayed reproducible and statistically significant alterations in their levels following inactivation of ACE2. Of these, the levels of 32 proteins were elevated, and 29 were reduced in ace2 cells. These data show that Ace2 influences metabolism, protein synthesis, folding and targeting, and aspects of cell growth and polarisation. Some of these functions are likely to contribute to the effects of Ace2 upon the virulence of C. glabrata.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1838-1848
Number of pages10
JournalProteomics
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Ace2
  • Candida glabrata
  • cell wall
  • virulence
  • NOSOCOMIAL FUNGAL-INFECTIONS
  • BLOOD-STREAM INFECTIONS
  • SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE
  • UNITED-STATES
  • ALBICANS
  • EPIDEMIOLOGY
  • MORPHOGENESIS
  • SURVEILLANCE
  • FLUCONAZOLE
  • STARVATION

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